I'm trying to display some statistics of my Wordpress site in the footer. One of these statistics is the amount of users that are signed up.

There is a function called count_users() to display these statistics as show in the Codex: count_users(). But this function seems very server intensive, especially since it will be called on every WordPress page.

I started looking for less server intensive alternative and found one called get_user_count() Codex: get_user_count(). Unfortunately, this only seems to work on Multisite installations.

Is it possible to enable this and other Multisite functions for regular installations??

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    have you considered using set_transient and get_transient to cache the result for however long you like so that you are not calling count_users on every pageload?
    – majick
    Apr 10, 2016 at 9:12
  • 1
    You should probably have a look at this answer Apr 10, 2016 at 14:08
  • added example :-)
    – majick
    Apr 12, 2016 at 13:27

1 Answer 1


get_transient / set_transient example:

function my_get_user_count() {
    $usercount = get_transient('usercount');
    if (!$usercount) {
        $usercount = count_users();
        set_transient('usercount',$usercount,600); // ten mins
    return $usercount;

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